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Published on Oct 2, 2014
A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the film "The Karate Kid" was held in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum on September 9, 2014.
A panel discussion and Q&A was presented following a screening of the film with Ralph Macchio (Daniel), director John Avildsen, Aly Morita (Pat Morita's daughter), William Zabka (Johnny), and Martin Kove (Kreese), moderated by Jared Cowan. Darryl Vidal, who created the "Crane Kick," also participated.
0:00 - Introductions 3:19 - Would Daniel and Johnny have been friends after the end of the movie? 4:59 - John getting involved in project 6:29 - Ralph Macchio in "Outsiders," auditioning for "The Karate Kid" 8:30 - Move from East Coast to Los Angeles 9:41 - Auditioning actors 10:55 - Ralph’s screen test with Pat Morita 12:29 - Pat as father figure/mentor to Ralph 14:58 - Aly Morita on her father 19:49 - Billy on Pat Morita 22:14 - Did anyone know karate prior to filming? 22:45 - Martin Kove on his character Kreese 25:35 - Johnny and Kreese’s relationship 27:50 - Ralph on set dynamics, fight training 29:38 - Elisabeth Shue 32:04 - Significance of "The Valley" 35:19 - Drunken Mr. Miyagi scene 39:31 - Aly on internment camp connection 41:48 - Ralph giving award to Pat 43:14 - Filming tournament scenes 45:11 - "You’re the Best Around" 45:57 - Ending the film 49:00 - Pat’s Oscar nomination 50:28 - Fan reactions 52:51 - Darryl Vidal on creating the Crane Kick
AUDIENCE Q+A 56:20 - Creating an iconic character for Asian Americans 58:36 - '47 Ford yellow convertible 1:00:44 - Japanese American reaction 1:01:56 - Acting lessons from film 1:05:51 - Freddy and Cobra Kai 1:11:07 - Concluding remarks 1:12:03 - Miyagi’s uniform
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